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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 209
Course Title: Introduction to Nursing
Number of:
Credit Hours 6
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

This introductory course to nursing is designed to expose the student to the health care environment and to develop basic care skills. It is recommended for those students who have little or no health care experience or who want a refresher in basic skills before applying to the nursing program. Important concepts and essential basic skills in clinical patient care for the beginning nursing student will be discussed and practiced. Other topics will include patient centered safety, study skills, test-taking strategies, information technology, medical terminology, and communication skills. Students with equivalent nursing experience may be able to receive Credit for Prior Learning through a test-out process. Lab fees may apply.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
  • BIOL 110, BIOL 110L: with a grade of C or higher.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered early Fall (1st 8 weeks), early Spring (1st 8 weeks) and early Summer (1st 8 weeks).

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Fundamentals of Nursing, Text and Virtual Clinical Excursions 3.0 Package
By Potter, P. A., Perry, A. G., Stockert, P. A., & Hall, A. M. (St. Louis, MO: Elsevier)
Fundamentals of Nursing Study Guide
By Potter, P. A., & Perry, A. G. (St. Louis, MO: Elsevier)
Test Success: Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students (6th ed.)
By Nugent, P. M. & Vitale, B. A. (Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Company)
Exploring Medical Language: A Student-Directed Approach
By Brooks, M. L.; & Brooks, D. L. (St. Louis, MO: Elsevier)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize data pertinent to the person’s health situation.
  2. Describe cultural sensitivity related to patient care interactions.
  3. Identify the nursing process in planning for basic nursing care.
  4. Explain the importance of a patient centered safety culture.
  5. Recognize the importance of teaching and learning to improve health.
  6. Discuss professional behaviors valued by nursing as reflected in clinical practice.
  7. Illustrate evidence-based nursing knowledge to guide beginning practice.
  8. Apply the nursing process in a responsible, accountable, legal and ethical manner.
  9. Relate the importance of nursing communication/collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team. 
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Vital sign values for an infant, child and an adult.
  • Components of cultural assessment.
  • Steps of the nursing process.
  • Basic safety principles related to transmission based precautions, medical asepsis, body mechanics, ambulation and transfers in the delivery of patient care.
  • Patient education in nursing care.
  • The scope and standards of nursing practice.
  • Basic nursing skills based on evidence-based knowledge. 
  • The legal responsibilities and obligations of nurses regarding the following federal statutes: ADA, EMTALA, HIPAA and PSDA.
  • Beginning communication skills with healthcare workers and patients.
  • Medical terminology.
  • Study skills and test taking techniques

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Linda Kay Dingler Date: December 5, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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